Archive of February 17, 2021 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of February 17, 2021

French National Assembly passes anti-extremism bill proposing stricter rules for religion

Feb 17, 2021 - 05:36 pm .- The French National Assembly has passed a bill that backers say will counter extremism and separatism, especially among French Muslims. However, the bill includes stricter controls on religion, bars religious symbols in some circumstances, and places strict regulations on homeschooling.

As Lent begins, Irish bishop urges that political leaders be told worship is essential

Feb 17, 2021 - 04:01 pm .- The worship of God is ‘utterly essential’ and political leaders need to be told this, the Bishop of Raphoe wrote Tuesday in a pastoral letter marking the beginning of Lent.

What happened to the USCCB working group on Biden?

Feb 17, 2021 - 03:57 pm .- A source at the U.S. bishops’ conference (USCCB) has disputed the notion that a special working group formed to deal with new President Joe Biden was terminated prematurely this week.

Brazil's military archbishop distances himself from Lenten campaign over gender ideology

Feb 17, 2021 - 03:52 pm .- The head of Brazil’s military ordinariate has told the nation’s bishops’ conference he will not use material from this year’s ecumenical Lenten campaign because it contains gender ideology concepts.

Democrats for Life: Some PR firms fear ‘backlash’ for working with pro-life candidates

Feb 17, 2021 - 03:00 pm .- Pro-life Democratic political candidates have encountered resistance from some public relations firms not willing to work with them, one pro-life Democratic leader says. 

South Dakota hears pro-life testimony on “discrimination abortion” ban

Feb 17, 2021 - 02:00 pm .- As South Dakota’s legislature considers a ban on abortions due to a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome, pro-life leaders say the bill would prevent “a modern-day form of eugenics.”

Pope Francis urges Brazil’s Christians to seek unity in battle against pandemic

Feb 17, 2021 - 01:00 pm .- Pope Francis encouraged Brazil’s Christians on Wednesday to confront the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic together this Lent.

Brazilian bishops discuss controversial text of ecumenical Lenten campaign

Feb 17, 2021 - 12:39 pm .- The National Conference of Bishops of Brazil has issued a statement to confront a wave of complaints over the inclusion of gender ideology and the almost null presence of Catholic concepts in the base text of the Ecumenical Fraternity Campaign for Lent 2021.

Authorities in Belarus stall Catholic charity initiative to help low-income families

Feb 17, 2021 - 12:00 pm .- A decision by the authorities in Belarus has left a Catholic charity unable to pursue an initiative aimed at helping poor families.

Council for the Economy discusses 2021 Vatican budget

Feb 17, 2021 - 08:00 am .- The Vatican’s Council for the Economy met on Tuesday to discuss the details of the annual budget for 2021.

Holy Week 2021: Vatican issues guidelines for Catholics amid ongoing COVID-19 restrictions

Feb 17, 2021 - 07:00 am .- The Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments issued guidelines on Wednesday for the celebration of Holy Week this year in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Pope Francis’ visit to Iraq comes as country faces ‘multiple crises’

Feb 17, 2021 - 06:05 am .- Pope Francis’ trip to Iraq comes at a time when the country faces severe political, socioeconomic, and security challenges. The European Union’s ambassador to Iraq has called Iraq’s current overlapping crises “the perfect storm.”

Pope Francis on Ash Wednesday: Lent is a journey from slavery to freedom

Feb 17, 2021 - 03:15 am .- The 40 days of Lent are an opportunity to turn from the slavery of sin to the freedom found in reconciliation with God, Pope Francis said on Ash Wednesday.

Pro-life activists challenge German municipality’s prayer vigil ban

Feb 17, 2021 - 03:00 am .- Pro-life activists are challenging a German municipality’s decision to ban them from praying in front of a pre-abortion advisory center.

The Vatican ties of Italy’s new Prime Minister Mario Draghi

Feb 17, 2021 - 02:00 am .- Italy’s new prime minister -- an economist nicknamed “Super Mario” -- has Vatican ties that date back many years.

New York’s commercial surrogacy legalization will exploit women, critics say

Feb 17, 2021 - 12:18 am .- New York state this week legalized commercial surrogacy, prompting concerns about the exploitation of women and commodification of children.